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Second Life for Old Farrowing Crates
Need to replace your farrowing crates but hate the thought of just throwing the old ones out? Well don't. Rick Pellet of Atlantic, Iowa, used his old farrowing crates to create feeding stalls for his gestating sows.
Pellet keeps his 120-sow herd outside during gestation. He had been feeding sows in groups on a concrete pad. After replacing some of his farrowing crates, Pellet took the old ones, lined them up on the concrete and welded them together.
Now, when the sows come up to eat, they file into the separate stalls. "It's reduced the fighting and bullying that went on before," he says. And it cost virtually nothing.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rick Pellet, RR, Atlantic, Iowa 50022 (ph 712 243-4648). (Reprinted with per-mission from Pork '91. Story and photo by Marlys Miller)


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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #6